everyday scents……

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events and fairs, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort that you put into them.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual.  the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh.  the bottles and packaging are just divine too.

some of my favourite products  are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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everyday scents……

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort put into them.  recently at the greenwich festival, i spotted a few of these quality companies.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual.  the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh.  the bottles and packaging are just divine too.

some of my favourite products  are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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the aroma of rose

rose has got to be one of my favourite scents – its not the old fashioned heavy rose that your mum used to have on her dressing table – these days they are light, sweet and delicate. my all time favourite perfume,  is L’orientaliste, rose d’atlas from morocco, in beautiful glass hennaed bottles.   The rosewater from Santa Maria Novella is equally as beautiful, and there are shops in Walton Street and Picadilly.  Penhaligon’s also makes a lovely rose – Elisabethan rose, in their pretty classic bottle.  i actually dont like heavy strong perfumes and these are all pretty light.

If your skin is feeling a bit parched from the summer, then a couple of drops of face and decolletage oil by rosa fina, barefoot botanicals is amazing.  you can either use by itself, or put a couple of drops into your daily moisturiser, and it will not only feel hydrating, but also add a beautiful smell of rose.   Neales Yard also makes a wild rose beauty balm, which is great for taking off make up, but also nourishes your skin, so can also be doubled as a moisturiser and the rose hand cream has an amazing lingering aroma as well as moisturising.

 

I always use the lovely moroccan oil M for my hair, its thick – almost serum like, you only use a tiny amount, but it moisturises the ends of your hair, smoothes the frizzy bits and again leaves a lovely sweet smell of rose.

Miller Harris’ new new rose scent will be delightful and subtle- like all her products.

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my favourite products at the moment are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the shoreditch shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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roses

i have recently discovered korres products – love the wild rose body butter and the magnolia bark night cream  – its a change from the lovely ren body products and is slightly more affordable.   you can find a good choice in liberty. still using the toning body oil, by balance me – it has a lovely aromatic smell and is incredibly light and absorbs well, but if you think that oils are too heavy for the day, its great to mix into your cheaper body lotions to give it a more luxurious feel.

rose petals make the loveliest perfumes, my favorites are L’orientaliste, rose d’atlas from morocco,  and the rosewater cologne from Santa Maria Novella, which has a lovely  shop in Picadilly and in Walton Street.   Penhaligon’s also makes a lovely rose – Elisabethan Rose, in their pretty classic bottle.  Lynn Harris from miller harris also do a beautiful geranium bourbon which combines french violet and turkish rose.

if your skin is feeling a bit parched during this strange sunny and  windy weather, then a couple of drops of secret essence, face and decolletage oil by Rosa Fina, Barefoot Botanicals, with its fragrant hint of rose really seals in the moisture and adds a glow – I mix a couple of drops with my moisturiser day and night.

For the perfect gift, there’s also a lovely guide book to perfumes, The A-Z guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez.

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In my youth, rose seemed old fashioned and frumpy, but these days, the delicate aroma of rose in todays products are calming and rejuvenating.

the delicate aroma of rose

rose has got to be one of my favourite scents – its not the old fashioned heavy rose that your mum used to have on her dressing table – these days they are light, sweet and delicate. my all time favourite perfume,  is L’orientaliste, rose d’atlas from morocco, in beautiful glass hennaed bottles.   The rosewater from Santa Maria Novella is equally as beautiful, and there are shops in Walton Street and Picadilly.  Penhaligon’s also makes a lovely rose – Elisabethan rose, in their pretty classic bottle.  i actually dont like heavy strong perfumes and these are all pretty light.

If your skin is feeling a bit parched from the summer, then a couple of drops of face and decolletage oil by rosa fina, barefoot botanicals is amazing.  you can either use by itself, or put a couple of drops into your daily moisturiser, and it will not only feel hydrating, but also add a beautiful smell of rose.   Neales Yard also makes a wild rose beauty balm, which is great for taking off make up, but also nourishes your skin, so can also be doubled as a moisturiser.

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I have always used chantecaille tinted moisturiser in the winter months, but due to repackaging its out of stock – i bought the by terry  eclat de rose version and i have to say i am very impressed, its so natural and gives you that summer glow.  both these products are very expensive, but you dont need very much and one tube lasts me over a year.   i have tried lots of cheaper products, but finding the right shade and texture is difficult.

I always use the lovely moroccan oil M for my hair, its thick – almost serum like, you only use a tiny amount, but it moisturises the ends of your hair, smoothes the frizzy bits and again leaves a lovely sweet smell of rose.

Miller Harris’ new geranium bourbon candle is a blend of geranium and turkish rose and leaves your home delicately scented.